Thursday, January 12, 2017

Uber vs Ola



A new city tour couldn’t be as easy as of now without these two words. The world of possibilities has come up with another in the form of the ride hailing apps offering warm, cosy, comfortable rides at affordable rates.



Today, in most Indian cities both Ola and Uber have a presence but when comparing the features they provide both are neck to neck with each other; often making it difficult to choose one.

Let’s take a virtual ride of them one by one:

Uber
   ·       Uber is an international brand. You could hail a ride in London or in Mumbai with the same ease making it a preferred option for some.
   ·        Uber has very recently updated its application making it very easy to book rides and added a number of new features.
   ·       Uber cars are usually inspected well before being allowed to chauffeur, thus the level of cleanliness is usually better than any other ride hailing apps in the country.
   ·       Uber has recently started accepting cash payments for the rides making it easier to book for anyone without the card. Paytm option is another inclusion.
   ·       Uber mainly focuses on the luxurious experience of the riders and thus doesn’t make them feel like they are in a taxi. No advertisements of any sort on the cars. The drivers are far more professional than Ola’s.
   ·       Uber offers a wide range of ride types depending on the customer’s requirement viz. Ubergo, UberX, Uberblack and so on so forth.



Ola
   ·       Ola is an Indian brand targeting equally the tier 1 and tier 2 cities of the country.
   ·       Ola certainly seems to have an edge with its widespread presence with around 80 cities serviceable all over India.
   ·       The Ola app is more Indian user based and plain and easy to use. They have their own wallet ‘Ola money’ that can be used for not just ride hailing but for payments of your movie tickets and much more.
   ·       Riding an Ola can sometimes be a bit nagging as the cars are sometimes not properly checked and stinking broke cars are passed to chauffeur the passengers.
   ·       Ola, simply put, is far behind Uber in the experience that a rider takes.
   ·       A number of features are provided by Ola, which are difficult to find on any other similar platform. Perks also include free Wi-Fi to the riders.
   ·       A number of options are available based on the rider’s requirement viz Ola mini, Ola sedan, Ola prime etc. Each one has its own high. 

     We hope we have made your decisions easier!



Make Your Own Website Now!

 Anyone who wishes to make a website for his any work can do it on his own!
Creating a self hosted site is something you’ve been craving for?
You’ve come to the right place then!
Let’s begin!


There are in general three important steps involved in website making.

·         Step 1: Choosing the right platform for your website!

What do we mean by platform?
Well, back in 2004, most sites were built using HTML (code), CSS and even Flash. These took a lot of time to learn and were tricky to master.
For those who have no knowledge whatsoever of coding,content management systems(CMS) is the new ray of hope.
In 2016, content management systems (CMS) like WordPress have made creating a website accessible to everyone.
To put simply, a content management system (or website building platform) is a user-friendly platform for building websites and managing your own online content, instead of using a bunch of loose HTML pages.

·        Step 2: Find a Domain Name and Host for your Website!

     Domain name refers to you choosing a relevant and easily understandable web address (e.g., https://www.xyz.com/) that reflects your business name or identify. (for example, if your business is called "xyz" then you should ideally by shopping for a domain name called https://www.xyz.com/). In most cases the companies that offer you hosting will also offer domain name purchase. Usually the payment is annual.

      Hosting refers to you buying a server space from companies like hostgator.com or godaddy.com to store the files that your website would need to function (for e.g. images, text etc) 

·        Step 3: Set up the Website!

Now it’s time to get your website up and running. The first thing you’ll need to do is install WordPress to your domain.



Why Wordpress?

Because It’s easy to use, it’s widely spread and there are a lot tutorials online. You can find awesome template for little over 50 bucks and you can customize it the way you want. The great thing about Wordpress is that it has insane amount of plugins available.
Once you have successfully installed WordPress to your domain, you’ll see a very basic yet clean site that you could set according to your requirements.


Cloud Computing


Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and more—over the Internet (“the cloud”). Companies offering these computing services are called cloud providers and typically charge for cloud computing services based on usage, similar to how you are billed for water or electricity at home.


You might not even be aware that you’ve actually been using cloud computing yourself for quite some time.
Amusing! Right?
Yes, the movies you watch online, the songs you listen to online are all dependent on cloud computing.
Some major examples of cloud computing you're probably using:
Google Drive: This is a pure cloud computing service, with all the storage found online so it can work with the cloud apps: Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Drive is also available on more than just desktop computers; you can use it on tablets like the iPad or on smartphones, and there are separate apps for Docs and Sheets, as well. In fact, most of Google's services could be considered cloud computing: Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and so on.

Apple iCloud: Apple's cloud service is primarily used for online storage, backup, and synchronization of your mail, contacts, calendar, and more. All the data you need is available to you on your iOS, Mac OS, or Windows device (Windows users have to install the iCloud control panel). Naturally, Apple won't be outdone by rivals: it offers cloud-based versions of its word processor (Pages), spreadsheet (Numbers), and presentations (Keynote) for use by any iCloud subscriber. iCloud is also the place iPhone users go to utilize the Find My iPhone feature that's all important when the handset goes missing.

Amazon Cloud Drive: Storage at the big retailer is mainly for music, preferably MP3s that you purchase from Amazon, and images—if you have Amazon Prime, you get unlimited image storage. Amazon Cloud Drive also holds anything you buy for the Kindle. It's essentially storage for anything digital you'd buy from Amazon, baked into all its products and services.



Hybrid services like Box, Dropbox, and SugarSync all say they work in the cloud because they store a synced version of your files online, but they also sync those files with local storage. Synchronization is a cornerstone of the cloud computing experience, even if you do access the file locally.


Broadband Providers in India

Downloading movies, games, software  from internet becomes difficult with a messy, slow and very costly  internet connection ,right?


The solution is a good broadband connection!
The top broadband brands in India are AIRTEL, BSNL,RELIANCE .
Rail-wire is another big player  limited to certain locations but is a real good broadband service provide with blazing speeds.
We’ll  break down the most important features that everyone needs from a WiFi connection below:

AIRTEL

·        Just awesome! They are reliable and fast; though quite expensive.

  • ·        All UL Plans are above 1000 INR. Though speed is always there as promised. You never get speeds less than 512Kbps anyhow.
  • ·        Airtel broadband is a little costly but worth. Their down time is just negligible.
  • ·        Airtel is hugely loved for it’s issue resolving capabilities that get your issues resolved within 24 hours of the complaint filing.
  • ·        Airtel broadband usually has a presence in most locations.





BSNL

  • ·        BSNL is the most trusted brand of India. BSNL broadband costs less and gives an average speed and services.  It is the most cosmopolitan broadband of the country.

  • ·        BSNL provides services which are way too disappointing with respect to any issues pertaining to a faulty broadband. You will find yourself filing a complaint for poor connectivity in the local BSNL office every now and then.

  • ·        BSNL has started offering minimum of 2Mbps broadband speed from 1st October 2016 which is better than Airtel

  • ·        Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has unveiled an entry level new promotional broadband plan called Experience Unlimited Broadband 249 (BB249) postpaid. Users will get 2Mbps speed for the first 1GB of data, and thereafter get 1Mbps speed for the rest of the month. This means that if subscribers use about 300GB of data in a month, they are effectively paying less than Rs. 1 per GB of high-speed data.


RELIANCE

  • ·        Reliance broadband is the best broadband service provider when your data usage is too high. Reliance truly provides an unlimited data.

  • ·        Equipped with dual ring fiber architecture with FTTB (Fiber-to-the-building), the Reliance internet broadband offers exceptional uptime and access speeds for offices.

  • ·        With the upcoming Jio 4G broadband waiting to be raked up, Reliance's high speeds would be affordable and real high.

  • ·        Reliance broadband allows you to select from a wide choice of bandwidth options, up to 12 Mbps with postpaid plans.

  • ·        Unfortunately, it’s service locations are the most disappointing.You need to check if the services are available in your area.






Bring Your Own Device


BYOD (bring your own device) is the increasing trend toward employee-owned devices within a business. Smartphones are the most common example but employees also take their own tablets, laptops and USB drives into the workplace.



In simple words it’s a common benefit used by many companies, primarily for tax reasons. The company pays you a monthly stipend to purchase and subscribe to a smartphone plan, rather than the company worrying about any of it.  This allows users to do whatever they want, while receiving reimbursement, and the company doesn't have to deal with any of the headaches or tax implications.

BYOD benefits an Organizations by:

BYOD can definitely help both start-ups and corporates lower costs while also employing a method that keeps employees happy as well.

Saving money for buying the devices! As devices owned by the employees are used in the workplace, the Organization do not need to have corporate-owned devices to make available for the employees.

Employee productivity can be improved as they are familiar with their own devices, and are satisfied in using their own devices for work.
Although employee satisfaction and productivity can be achieved, and money can be saved, there are disadvantages in employing BYOD in an Organization. BYOD isn’t all wine and roses, though. There are some issues to consider as well. By embracing BYOD, organizations lose much of the control over the IT hardware and how it is used.

Security breaches can occur. Consider cases where the device is stolen or lost, or the employee change sides, and then you can know how security breach will be occurred.
To prevent this, it is necessary to have a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, which can provide several layers of security over the devices.

Today, employees expect to use personal smartphones and mobile devices at work, making BYOD security a concern for IT teams. Many corporations that allow employees to use their own mobile devices at work implement a BYOD security policy that clearly outlines the company's position and governance policy to help IT better manage these devices and ensure network security is not compromised by employees using their own devices at work.

Amazon Prime or Netflix?


Amazon prime and Netflix are two newbies for online streaming videos in India. These let you watch your favorite shows TV shows, movies and much more anywhere and any day.




While Amazon is a very latest entry in India, Netflix has nearly completed its first year in the country.
Let’s take a tour of both of them one by one!

             Netflix India

·        Netflix India is increasing its user base pretty fast in India, though around 50% of its users are based in US.

·        Netflix in India is pretty costlier than its competitors charging as low as Rs 500 to watch shows and movies on a single screen at one time. For Rs 650, they will get access to two simultaneous screens and four for Rs 800 — this also has UHD content.

·        Netflix has only credit card option to pay for the subscription apart from PayPal. Debit card option is not available as of now.

·        You wouldn’t find the whole catalog of shows that you would normally find on the standard Netflix in US for example. House of cards and Game of thrones are not available for India. You could still use VPN (like VPN hola or tunnelbear) and watch any show you want to.

·        Talking about content, Netflix leaves its competitors far behind in the race. This is especially because of the Netflix original series like the game of thrones, orange is the new black etc.
·        A great deal of regional contents is not available on Netflix in India. You would, though, find it pretty good.

·        Internet speeds do play an important role in your online video streaming experience.
Netflix works pretty well on even a slow speed like 512 kbps internet speed.




·        AMAZON PRIME VIDEOS

·        Amazon prime videos have a clear edge in the pricing of the contents. Amazon charges 499/- INR for a complete year with is way less than Netflix at around 40 per month. In addition to this you get the free delivery options and many other perks on the website itself.

·        The content on Prime is less as compared to Netflix owing to the date of launch in India. They are adding shows to the catalog on a weekly basis right now.

·        Amazon stores a number of Hindi movies and shows that Netflix does not. Amazon prime has its focus on local content too while Netflix continues to keep its focus on International content.

·        The subscription can even be bought on cash on delivery which certainly is an edge over Netflix.

·        Amazon originals like Mozart in the Jungle, Man in the High Castle, Transparent, etc do prove to be a great deal in the subscription. Although, the focus is usually on sitcoms like two broke girls, Amazon original transparent, two and a half men etc. great deal of Hindi shows are available on the platter.

·        Online streaming issues are usually not present and depend a lot on the service provider and are usually the same for Amazon and Netflix.







Whatsapp Features you didn’t know were There!


Used whatsapp for long hours?
Do you keep checking your Whatsapp  all the time and are scared that you have become addicted to it? We are here to help with!
Here are some interesting features of whatsapp that you didn’t know were there!


·        Schedule Messages for Whatsapp
Did you ever feel like pre-scheduling a message to be sent ?
Does it often happen that you want to drop a birthday message at midnight and are already feeling too sleepy?
You’ll need to download a third-party app for this – if you’re on Android you should check out Seebye Scheduler ROOT (free), iOS users should look to Message Scheduler for WhatsApp ($0.99 on Cydia). You’ll need either a rooted or jailbroken device.

·        Broadcast  Messages
Want to wish everyone at the same time without pinging everyone personally?
Possible!
The feature is called Broadcast. To use it, click on Options > New Broadcast and enter the names of the people who you want to send your message to. You’ll be able to see who opened it and receive any responses privately and individually.

·        Create Conversation Shortcuts
Are you constantly using WhatsApp to message the same two or three people? Wife? Boyfriend? Dog?
If so, did you know you can streamline your experience by adding a conversation shortcut to your device’s home screen? Just open the app, click on the Chats tab, long press on the conversation you want to create a shortcut for, and select Add Chat Shortcut from the popup menu.


·        Hide Whatsapp Media from Gallery
 If you don’t want incoming media on WhatsApp to show up in the Gallery, hide them using this simple trick.
Open File Manager and browse to Internal storage WhatsApp > Media and Rename WhatsApp Images” and “WhatsApp Video” folders to “.WhatsApp Images” and “.WhatsApp Video” respectively (notice the dot in start).This trick is applicable only for Android, not for iOS platforms. 


Use More than one Whatsapp Account on the Same Phone
Most of the Android users use a dual-sim device, which in turn increases the urge to use two WhatsApp accounts using their two numbers – say one for official use and other for personal purpose.
With Android Lollipop allowing multiple users on the same device, one can now operate multiple WhatsApp accounts without any third-party app. Do note that he/she won’t receive notifications from both of the accounts at a single time.
To do this, go to Android’s Settings > Users > Add user. After you have created a new user, log in using the new account, install WhatsApp on this account and use it with the second number.



 Change the Background

Bored of the Whatsapp default background?

Follow Options > Settings > Chats > Wallpaper and you’ll be able to add your own picture from your library, remove the wallpaper altogether for a grey background, or reload the original WhatsApp offering.